‘Right to Read’ documentary and Corey Strong at UT

Susan EspirituDowntown

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results.” This quote is attributed to Albert Einstein, but is understood by every urban student, parent, teacher and principal.

I listed the stakeholders in an urban school intentionally, because the first people in a school to understand a broken system are the students. Most enter school excited to learn to read and soon realize something isn’t working, yet we all believe every student has a right to read.

Please join Corey Strong on Tuesday, September 19, 2023, 4-6 p.m. at the Hodges Library, on the campus of the University of Tennessee as we review the documentary Right to Read. The film describes how learning to read is a social justice issue that greatly impacts children’s success.

Strong is the director of partnerships at First 8 Memphis and a community leader in the civic, political and education spaces.

After a welcome, the documentary will be screened (1 hour 20 minutes) and followed by a facilitated discussion with Mr. Strong (30 minutes) and closing.

The event is open to members of the public and to those within the UT System with an interest in literacy as a form of social justice. Registration is limited to 150 attendees.

Parking is free at parking garage G-17 on Lake Avenue with a shuttle bus available to the library before and after the event: meet the shuttle on Terrace Ave behind the G17-Lake Avenue/G11-Terrace

  • Before event – From G17 to Hodges: 3:30 and 3:50 p.m.
  • After event – From Hodges to G17: 6:05 and 6:15 p.m.

The Tennessee Reading Research Center and the College of Education, Health, & Human Sciences’ Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are sponsoring a screening of the documentary, The Right to Read and the ensuing discussion.

All of us have a story and I want to tell yours! Send them to susan@knoxtntoday.com


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